Celebrity roasts are a common form of media hype and often generate gags that live with an unwanted culprit far longer than they desire.
In an on campus speaking appearance on Saturday at the University at Albany, five-time NBA Champion, Magic Johnson, shared a few words of wisdom on how younger people can emulate his success of being an all-time great.
“There’s going to always be great players in basketball. Johnson said. “There’s going to always be guys who win championships in the NBA, except LeBron . . .”
After the loud mix of laughter and applause died down from the crowd in attendance, Johnson pointed out he was just joking, but he was far from finished.
“Everybody’s always asking, ‘Who is better between Kobe or LeBron?’ I’m like, Are you kidding me? . . . Kobe, five championships; LeBron, zero.”
The NBA is indeed just that. Championships separate the good players, from the great. With many people feeling LeBron receives too much positive appraise and sponsorships he perhaps doesn’t deserve, it comes of no surprise that people are poking fun at the King with no ring.
Sports pundits and general fans are likely, and more than entitled to crack a few witty opinions about an athlete, but mainstream fast food advertising campaigns? Think again.
“Odds of LeBron James winning seven championships? 1 in . . .” Is a line from the latest U.S. McDonalds television commercial, comparing LeBron winning multiple championships to lottery-related statistics.
Championships will undoubtedly alter LeBron’s position in the list of all-time greats. The longer he goes without winning, the more he will leave himself open to negative criticism and gags.
“The Chosen One” is still in the midst of his career, and still has multiple years of basketball left if he manages to remain healthy. Many of the greats didn’t win championships until the latter stages of their careers, but unless Emmett “Doc” Brown invents a new time machine, only the future can determine LeBron’s destiny.